cornyn/trump – systemic racism and . . .

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn faces outcry from Democrats after questioning idea of systemic racism
(June 17, 2020)
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn has faced a barrage of criticism from Texas and national Democrats in recent days for his comments and questions about racism made during a hearing over how to overhaul the country’s criminal justice system in the wake of Minneapolis resident George Floyd’s death at the hands of police.

Sen. John Cornyn showed he has no idea what systemic racism is
He’s the latest Republican to question the existence of system racism in policing.
(June 16, 2020)

‘Nobody’s Beating You,’ Trump Assures John Cornyn
Our state’s senior senator continues to hitch himself to Trump’s wagon, even as things get rocky.
(November 8, 2019)
“John Cornyn might as well fire his entourage of political consultants, advisors, and pollsters. President Donald Trump—the pollster of the people, the one who triumphed in the only poll that matters, Election Day—is confident the Texas senior senator’s political future is secure.
“I looked at your polls. Nobody’s beating you, John. Nobody,” Trump assured Cornyn on Wednesday at a White House event celebrating his administration’s numerous federal judicial appointments.

Rubio, Cornyn Urge Sanctions for Human Rights Abuses in Vietnam 
(July 31, 2020)
“We support the Administration’s vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific, but the Vietnamese government’s unjust arrests and persecution of members of the press and religious practitioners remains a challenge . . . . The only way to realize the full potential of the U.S.-Vietnam relationship is to press them to take serious steps to improve the human rights situation in Vietnam. . .” [sic]

Fighting for Attention: Democracy, Free Speech, and the Marketplace of Ideas
The article suggests that the current marketplace of ideas leaves out a core concept that should inform First Amendment analysis. It mentions debates in campaign-finance law, comparing the Court’s treatment of expenditures under its traditional laissez-faire model. It also mentions Court’s existing “more speech” and “free trade” principles and explain how both public and private devices can interfere with free competition between ideas.

First In, First Out: Promises and Problems of Free Expression in Revolutionary and PostRevolutionary Governments
“During these elections, Louis XVI took the surprising step of suspending censorship of publications, even allowing writings that criticized the monarchy. As a result of the king’s decision, France was deluged with pamphlets and newspapers calling for a social and economic overhaul of the entire country. This concept of a free press went against the historic limitations on spoken or printed words that defiled certain sacrosanct aspects of French life, particularly the Catholic clergy—who were seen as guardians of moral, honorable, and orderly living—and the monarchy, viewed as the supreme authority safeguarding this traditional way of life.”

Cornyn/trump today

A short compendium of articles/news/opinion about Cornyn and/or trump, other campaign news

Beto O’Rourke calls Cornyn ’single greatest enabler of Donald Trump’ in the Senate as he pitches MJ Hegar.
Cornyn accuses Democrats of trying to ’enrich the liberal mob,’ drawing rebuke from Hegar: ’It’s not a mob. It’s his constituents.’
Joining forces with MJ Hegar, Beto O’Rourke blasted Sen. John Cornyn Thursday night as “the single greatest enabler of Donald Trump in the U.S. Senate”— urging Texans to oust the three-term Republican to save the nation from a lawless and dangerous president.

John Cornyn’s ex-staffers lobbied for pharma giant accused of price-gouging COVID drugs
“. . . Cornyn . . . later promoted remdesivir on his personal Twitter page three times. He has also accepted tens of thousands of dollars in donations from Gilead and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), a lobbying group that had hired several of his former staff, as well as from a PhRMA lobbyist and the partner of his former chief of staff, less than a week after the CARES Act passed.”

Trump: Americans Who Died in War Are ‘Losers’ and ‘Suckers’
“The president has repeatedly disparaged the intelligence of service members, and asked that wounded veterans be kept out of military parades, multiple sources tell The Atlantic.”

Cornyn-Hegar Race Could Influence How Military Handles Sexual Assault, Harassment
“The people in the chain of command are … not necessarily the people who should be making decisions about whether or not there’s enough evidence to prosecute,” Hegar said.

Biden, in Kenosha, Makes Case for Healing and Unity, Not Division
“Two days after President Trump traveled to Wisconsin to focus attention on violence and disorder, Joe Biden sought to strike a drastically different tone, repudiating the president’s divisive approach to matters of racial injustice.”

John Cornyn on Portland

“. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ”    (Senator John Cornyn [R-Texas])

“As the White House dug in on plans to deploy federal agents to Portland and other U.S. cities, few of President Donald Trump’s allies in Texas rose to his defense amid a Democratic uproar over ‘secret police. . . . Sen. John Cornyn, who is seeking a fourth term in November, declined to comment on Trump’s actions.”
Dallas Morning News, July 21, 2020
Dallas Morning News

“Sen. John Cornyn remains silent, just as he has on the president’s failure to stand up to the Russian bounty on American troops in Afghanistan, just as he has on defending the rule of law, just as he has on upholding his oath of office.”
Thomas E. Turpin, Letter to the Editor, Dallas Morning News, July 25, 2020

“Congress shall make no law respecting . . .  the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”
—-Bill of Rights, United States Constitution

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”
—-John Cornyn (2002, 2008, 2014)